One of my longstanding passions remains the protection of ALL public lands, everywhere, from EVERY assault, no matter the source or the “logic” behind it. In that vein, a few days ago I received the following notification from The Wilderness Society, a notification which details yet one more proposal to use public lands in the WRONG way.
What is 6,000 miles long, up to 5 miles wide and could threaten wilderness, wildlife habitat and national parks? A planned network of electric power line routes that would crisscross the west.We need new power lines to get electricity to our homes, but a proposed network, the West-wide Energy Corridors, could threaten American wildlands. Outside Arches National Park a power line corridor is proposed alongside the park and through spectacular scenic vistas in Utah’s red rock desert. Another proposed corridor would require cutting down old growth forests near Mt. Hood in Oregon.
Fortunately, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is currently listening to the American people on where to put these power lines. Now is your chance to tell the BLM to keep them away from wild places!
The current network of energy corridors also connects to dirty coal power plants but neglects areas with high renewable energy potential. Rerouting corridors to support wind, solar and geothermal projects will help tackle climate change and advance a clean energy future. The BLM has the opportunity to protect wild places like Arches National Park from large scale transmission lines and support clean, renewable energy. Tell the BLM to propose new routes away from important wild lands!
The Wilderness Society
Let’s face it: Public Lands — National Parks, National Monuments, National Forests, National Grasslands, designated Primitive and Wilderness Areas, and BLM acreages represent the very few remaining parcels of relatively untrammeled land in the entire of this nation, the “trammeling” of which will have massive negative consequences.
Nevertheless, today the pressures to allow and enable such trammelings are endless . . . and extremely well-funded.It’s time to say NO! Click on either of the above link(s) and let your voice be heard. There are ALWAYS alternatives to sacrificing the integrity of public lands simply to the interest of corporate convenience, and the time for we the people to say NO! is NOW! And that includes NO to power lines; NO to fracking; NO to logging; NO to mining; NO to ATVs (esp. in Utah’s Recapture Canyon and to all the Idiot/Bundy/”Patriot” intruders); NO to ANY human-financed/oriented destruction of ANY kind. Because, believe it or not, there are some things still remaining on this earth that are of more value than even that of power, of money, of ego.
Meanwhile, below: the peak of the 13,000 ft. (Colorado Rockies Front Range) Greenhorn Mountain is a defined Wilderness area. All who believe it would better serve corporate interests with power lines, or maybe fracking gear, or mining via mountaintop removal, or even an ATV racetrack?? — feel free to vote Republican. On the other hand, to all who are sane, to all who listen to the whispers of intellect and hear the voice of The Wilderness Society . . .
[Photo taken on May 14, 2014, circa 10AM; most of the snow ‘up there’ fell on May 12 and 13, courtesy of yet one more of this year’s human-caused Global Climate Change aberrational impacts. This episode was, however, at least useful in that it may well have postponed the fire season by a week or two, or three. Any port in a storm.]
Post Script: Though they remain but one of the most difficult of all aspects to protect from monetary greed, public lands in the US are, of course, one standout issue implicit in the expansive process required to reverse human contributions to biosphere destruction. In that vein there’s no time like the present to ACT, and The Wilderness Society is but one of many great places to begin. Follow their lead. Help save the earth.